ICS Magazine

IAQ Legislation Fever In Full Bloom

April 24, 2003
ATLANTA, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A rise in childhood asthma cases and constituents' worries about toxic mold have fueled a new type of spring fever around state legislatures. This year indoor air quality (IAQ) legislative fever is in full bloom with some 60 proposed bills being considered by 27 state legislatures, according to Aerias LLC.

Nearly one-quarter of the proposed legislation deals with mold and mold remediation, another quarter on IAQ in schools and the remainder on improving air quality in public buildings. Connecticut leads the pack with 10 bills, nine of which target school IAQ. The Texas state legislature is considering seven bills, mostly focused on mold and mold remediation.

Seventeen states are working on mold-related legislation, covering a wide range of issues, including:

  • Licensing of mold investigators and remediators
  • Studies of mold and associated health impacts
  • Insurance and real estate
  • Guidelines and building codes
  • Public education, regulatory oversight and funding

    Eleven states are addressing school IAQ in this year's legislative sessions. As noted, Connecticut has nine bills under consideration. Most of the proposed legislation centers on developing standards and guidelines for school IAQ and inspecting schools to ensure good IAQ for students, teachers and staff.

    Seven states have pending legislation targeted at improving IAQ in public buildings, with Massachusetts having the most bills in the works.

    Aerias, LLC is an online resource dedicated to promoting better human health and better business through indoor air quality awareness.